Mass Communication or Mass Misinformation

By: Jack L. Key

I watched President Bush’s news conference recently where he discussed the Children’s Health Care Fund bill then before Congress and which he subsequently vetoed. I also watched portions of the networks’ Evening News reports and the ongoing CNN reporting on the subject, as well as noting the president’s remarks at his news conference and several comments and remarks he made later.

Nothing I heard or read by the networks and newspapers and the AP even resembled what the president said. Mr. Bush went to great lengths to explain his opposition to the revised bill before Congress. The President has long been a supporter of children’s health and has supported these bills in the past. He wanted to continue to do that.

I should remind readers this bill is for the children of families who do not have, nor can afford, health insurance for their children. In other words, children of poorer families, or for families otherwise afflicted and cannot provide health insurance for their children. The democratic congress wanted to raise the ceiling income for those families to over $83,000 per year as funding guidelines. And they did raise the income ceiling to that level. That’s poor or unfortunate family income? I say
that’s middle income for a family of four. Ample to protect your children’s health.

The President laid out those figures in great detail. He also gave members of the press at his press conference his take on the current bill, and why he felt the Congress and a few liberal politicians were playing politics with the welfare of unfortunate children and their families. He obviously was a supporter of the bill. Nothing the President said was reported correctly in the media. In fact, what was reported did not at all resemble the president’s remarks at the news conference, and were
simply bald-faced lies.

This is just one instance of many in recent years that the mass media and the liberal democratic party have collaborated to misinform the American public. It was the final straw for me. This slow killing of the constitution and our principles of democracy simply must stop.

I am not a doomsday philosopher. But if Americans of any persuasion, republican or democrat, liberal or conservative do not come together to stop this mass misinformation, then the Republic is doomed just as the ancient Greek democracy slaughtered itself from within.

Is that what we want to see for the sake of one political party or the other, one politician over the other, one false opinion to gain the upper hand in a single election? The hatred the organizations have for one president? Is this the news media we have fought so hard to protect? So many lives lost in war over the past 230 years to save it?

Be careful what you read, question what you see and hear. And when you find lies and mass misreporting—and you will—accuse the mass media sources publicly, tell your friends and neighbors. Only you, the citizens, the taxpayers, the electorate— we, the people—have the power to stop this landslide to total destruction. A few elitists, politicians, Washington insiders, wealthy families and media empires have all the power now.

Pay attention, and let’s return power to where it was intended—to us. Whether you agree or disagree, don’t say you haven’t been warned.

Jack L. Key is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, a published author and freelance writer. He may be reached at:

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